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Israeli secret service budget doubles for 2005

*** Mossad is one of the most powerful and feared secret services in the world, with clandestine agents and operations around the world. Members of Mossad cell in New Zealand were jailed last year for stealing the identities of people for reasons which Israel refuses to disclose. The most elite Mossad agents are assassins and spies, renowned for using car bombs to kill opponents of Israel. Thanks to the American tax-payer Mossad is extremely well financed. But this year that funding doubles, which may be a sign that something big is about to happen. ***

The Mossad is asking the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to increase its 2005 budget to nearly twice the size of last year's budget.

Committee chairman Yuval Steinitz (Likud) supports the request, but other committee members said the amount was too high, Army Radio reported.

Former high-ranking officials in Israel's espionage agency have long complained the Mossad wastes money in part by employing extraneous workers and allowing employees to have large expense accounts.

There are reasons the Mossad may need more money. This coming year is considered an important year for Iran's nuclear program, and the Mossad likely wants to increase its intelligence-gathering operations.

In addition, Mossad head Meir Dagan's policy of placing the fight against world terrorism at the top of the agenda requires operations in distant countries, which in turn necessitates large budgets and extra manpower.

The Mossad may also want a larger budget to give it an edge in its competition with the Shin Bet internal security service, whose budget has increased during the intifada.


Mossad wants nearly twice as much money in 2005, 3 January 2005.

"The Insider" mailing list article, 03 January 2005.

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